The year of 2007 was one of the worst of my life. My only son Jason passed away at the age of 34 and there were many complications in the birth of his premature daughter Hannah, three days later.
I drifted into a deep depression that took many years to end. Going to the gym became a way to focus on something different and feel better both physically and mentally.
One day at Goodlife I observed a woman putting 45 pound plates on the bar and then proceeded to lift it. I went up to her and asked her, “What are you doing?” She stated she was a powerlifter and advised me to give Susan Abbott from Defining Strength a call if I was interested. Although I was 58 years old by this time I decided to call her and see what she had to say.
I started training, and six months later I entered my first contest in St. Catharines with the Niagara Powerlifting Club. I came in third.
After that I was hooked.
My journey is now five years in and there have been ups and downs in my lifting which is much like life. The important pointers are to be determined, be patient (this is a hard one for me), and persevere.
My first World Competition in Orlando I hurt my back due to bad form and was forced to only bench for the next three months. My bench improved and I learned to persevere.
A coach and proper training is paramount. Just like life you get out of it what you put in. Do I think that powerlifting is for everyone? No, but I do challenge all of you to do something different.
My life motto is that it is “Never too late to do something different”.
This year I will be competing in the North American Powerlifting Federation in Orlando with the dream of realizing my world record goal of a squat of 275 pounds. I now have over 30 National records.
Linda (Salisbury/MacArthur) Rousseau
– Recreation Leadership, 1985
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